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studies he still took part in those of his brother, and
thus extended his love for universality of knowledge
more and more, without detriment to the profundity
of his learning, which was as great as its universality.
His studies embraced languages and art, nature and
Among his university friends ranks the medical
student already mentioned as having saved his life,
Johann Steiglitz, who subsequently attained to great
eminence in his profession, and as a critical author;
also the well-known associate of Count Schlabrendorf,
OelsneTy who spent the principal part of his life in
Paris, and A. w. Schlegel, famed in Germany as the
translator of Shakspeare. Huniboldt remained in Got-
tingen for some time after his studies there had been
concluded, and corresponded with some of the most
distinguished men in literature; he also made it
the central station on several shorter and longer jour-
neys, which he undertook to extend his knowledge
and his connexions. But Gottingen was the last
stage of his youthful education, and the starting-point
of his virile activity. What a list of great and dis-
tinguished men have proceeded from the Giorgia-
Augusta school! The name of Humboldt will cer-
tainly not be the least important among them, and
both brothers have often in after life gratefully ac-
^nowledged that they received the noblest part of
their education in this Celebrated high school.
As we have now arrived at the period when the
youth Humboldt grows into the man, and takes his
place among the intellectual rulers of the world, we
will cast a glance at the unusually favourable exterior
circumstances under which he was born, and which
accompanied him through life. A lucky star seems
to have presided at his birth, to have granted all his
wishes, and fulfilled all his desires. The great talents
he possessed were adequately developed by the most
favourable worldly circumstances, and whatever could
conduce to the improvement of such high natural
abilities, was procured with the most discriminating